If your computer has no TV tuner, an optional analog or digital TV tuner is required to play and record TV in Windows Media Center.

Windows Media Center Extender makes it easy for you to enjoy Windows Media Center experiences anywhere in your home. While the Extender works much the same as Windows Media Center, it is a separate device and there are some differences. The Extender is always on and running, ready for you to turn on your TV, watch a show, or view some pictures.

After you have successfully set up your Windows Media Center Extender, you may need to add music, pictures, recorded TV shows, and videos to your library. You can do this in the same way that you add digital media files in Windows Media Center. For more information about how to add digital media to your library, see Add digital media files.

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To add a playlist using a Windows Media Center Extender

By default, the playlists you use in Windows Media Center to listen to music are stored in the Music folder for each user account. If a different folder is used for content copied from a CD, playlists are stored in that folder.

You can use the expand (+) or collapse (-) controls to browse to the folders that contain your playlists. Use the navigation buttons on the remote control to shift focus to the expand or collapse controls.

  1. On the Start screen, scroll to Tasks, and then select Settings.

  2. Select Library Setup.

  3. Select Add folder to watch and then select Next.

  4. Select one of the options under Which folders do you want to add?, and then select Next.

  5. Locate the folder that contains the playlists, select the check box for that folder, select Next, and then select Finish.

To use Xbox 360 as a Windows Media Center Extender

  1. Set up your Windows Media Center Extender.

  2. Turn on the Xbox 360 console.

  3. Start your Windows Media Center computer.

  4. To start using Xbox 360 as an Extender, use your Xbox 360 controller to scroll to My Xbox, and then select Windows Media Center.

    Note

    • If you have the old Xbox 360 dashboard, you can find the Extender settings on the media blade.

  5. Using your Xbox 360 remote control or controller, select the Windows Media Center content that you want to play.

    Go to the Media Center Quick Reference Guide on the Xbox website for a detailed diagram that shows how to use different features in Windows Media Center by using the Xbox 360 controller.

To use a Windows Media Center Extender

  1. Set up your Windows Media Center Extender.

  2. Turn on your Extender.

  3. Start your Windows Media Center computer.

  4. Press the Green Start button Picture of the Green Start button on the remote control on the Extender remote control, and then use the up or down arrows to select the Windows Media Center content that you want to play.

To uninstall Xbox 360 and remove the Extender connection

You might choose to uninstall the Xbox 360 if you want to set up the Extender again with different settings. Or if you previously connected the console to one Windows Media Center computer and you want to connect the Xbox 360 console to a different Windows Media Center computer, you must first remove any existing connection between the Xbox 360 console and the first computer.

When you uninstall Xbox 360 as an Extender, the Media Center Extender account (named MCX1 by default) is removed from your Windows Media Center computer and all settings for the Extender are removed as well. After you uninstall the Extender, you can add it again at a later time.

To remove the Xbox 360 Extender connection, you must perform steps on both Xbox 360 and on the Windows Media Center computer.

  1. On your Windows Media Center computer, start Windows Media Center.

  2. On the start screen, scroll to Tasks, and then click settings.

  3. Click Extender, and then click the Xbox 360 console.

  4. Click Uninstall.

  5. Follow the steps in the Extender Uninstall wizard to uninstall the Extender.

  6. On your Xbox 360, use your Xbox 360 controller to scroll to My Xbox, select System Settings, and then select Computers.

  7. Select Windows Media Center, and then press the A button.

  8. Select Disconnect.

  9. Press the B button repeatedly until you return to the System Settings screen.

  10. If the Xbox 360 console has a hard drive or a memory card, on the System Settings screen, select Memory.

  11. Select Hard Drive, select Games, select Xbox 360 Dashboard, and then select Windows Media Center.

  12. Select Delete, and then press the A button.

  13. Press the B button repeatedly until you return to the System Settings screen.